The History of the Foxtrot
September 30, 2016
When we discuss the basics of ballroom dancing, we often fall back on some of its staples – the foxtrot and the waltz. Today we are going to take a quick look at the foxtrot, a smooth, progressive dance characterized by its long, sinuous movements.
Named for its creator, vaudeville entertainer Harry Fox, the foxtrot made its debut in 1914. The dance took on the form we generally see it in when the famed Vernon and Irene Castle became enamored of it and made its lines smoother and more sensual. This is a dance that Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios teaches wonderfully well.
There are several styles of foxtrot, the American Social Foxtrot seen most widely at dance events, parties, etc. International Foxtrot is one of the five Standard dances that form the backbone of International Style Dance competitions held around the world under the auspices of the International Dance Sport Federation, its local affiliates, and other organizations.
Harry Fox – born Arthur Carrington in 1882 – was the classic vaudeville performer. He did comedy and was an actor, as well as a dancer. He made some of the earlier “talking pictures” of the late 1920s. He died in 1959, but he left us quite a legacy.
Come and see us at your local Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio for the finest in ballroom dance instruction – both private lessons and group classes – in every style (foxtrot!) of dance you can think of (rumba, salsa, Paso Doble, tango).